By Yolanda Johnson, Army Community Service, DFMWR, USAGHIApril 12, 2013
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii (April 12, 2013) -- Job seekers will receive a unique local perspective at the Military Spouse Career Forum at the Nehelani, here, April 26.
The event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be hosted by Bernadette Baraquio from the television show "Living Local" and is designed to assist U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii spouses with the Hawaii job market and cultural insights, while spouses seek employment opportunities.
This event will feature four segments and includes a panel of subject matter experts in each category.
The "Learning" segment consists of the Department of Labor's Oahu WorkLinks for professional licensing, the Civilian Personnel Advisory Council, the Non-Appropriated Fund, the University of Hawaii, nursing and dental assistant schools, and an advocate of Hawaiian cultural awareness.
"Leading" has senior business professionals from local companies, including Dellew Corporation, Goodwill Industries, Walmart and others.
"Living" will discuss fitness and wellness for military spouses. The panelist will include Beverly Tate from 25th Combat Aviation Brigade and the Makana Esthetics Wellness Academy-Beauty School.
"Career Fair" and 75 employers have been invited to Schofield Barracks for a hiring event. This event is designed to give those seeking employment important tools needed for success. Participants will learn how to maneuver through HireNet Hawaii, licensures procedures, cultural awareness and a self-care plan while seeking employment opportunities.
The first three segments will arm participants with all the necessary knowledge to successfully navigate Career Fair 2013, where they can make connections with dozens of employees.
The fourth segment is when critical connections with employers and possible on-site job interviews will be held.
The Employment Readiness Program, part of Army Community Service, in USAG-HI's Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, sponsors this career forum. The program primarily provides assistance to military spouses in acquiring skills, networks and resources that will allow them to participate in the workforce and to develop a career or work plan.
Services are free to spouses, Soldiers, retirees reservists, and relocating DOD civilian personnel.
The Army Community Service's Employment Readiness Program offers employment counseling, assistance in job search and job skills training, among other services.
The ERP's mission is to "assist commanders in maintaining readiness of individuals, families and communities within America's Army by developing, coordinating and delivering services, which promote self-reliance, resiliency and stability during war and peace."
For more information, job-seekers should contact the ERP manager at 808-655-4788.